L' Imbalsamatore (The Embalmer) (The Taxidermist) (2002) - Rotten Tomatoes

L' Imbalsamatore (The Embalmer) (The Taxidermist)2002

L' Imbalsamatore (The Embalmer) (The Taxidermist) (2002)



Critic Consensus: Intriguingly creepy and unsettling.

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Matteo Garrone's The Embalmer tells the sad story of a love triangle. Peppino (Ernesto Mahieux), a mob-connected dwarf who works as a taxidermist, establishes a working relationship with Valerio (Valerio Foglia Manzillo), who loves animals. The closeted Peppino, who carries a torch for Valerio, is threatened when Valerio takes up with Deborah (Elisabetta Rocchetti), who moves in with the pair. Soon the tension leads to horrible acts committed by and on the different members of the group. The Embalmer was screened at the Director's Fortnight during the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.


Lina Bernardi
as Deborah's mother
Pietro Biondi
as Deborah's father
Bernardino Terracciano
as Don Pasqualino
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Critic Reviews for L' Imbalsamatore (The Embalmer) (The Taxidermist)

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (16)

In spite of some stiltedness, The Embalmer is an oft-intriguing examination of unquenched desire and the power of beauty.

December 11, 2003 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Masterful at concealing its true nature and surprising us with the turns of the story.

November 14, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The movie, a keen look at the way passion unravels and obsession destroys, creates a black mood, a sense of truth and an enduring chill that stay with you.

November 13, 2003 | Rating: 3/4

Seductive, suspenseful psychological drama.

October 2, 2003 | Rating: 4/5


October 2, 2003 | Full Review…

Mahieux ... builds a character so relentlessly powerful and creepy that The Embalmer leaves an aftertaste -- we can practically smell him.

September 26, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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